Tomorrow’s Capitalism: Step Up – or Get Out of the Way

Provocateurs, innovators, leaders of tomorrow. 

This is a participatory event where you will hear from and have the opportunity to engage with our excellent speakers and panellists, as well as fellow attendees of leaders of today and tomorrow.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Women for Women International

Brita is a dedicated advocate and promoter of women’s empowerment, women’s rights and equality. Brita frequently writes about the challenges women face all over the world in the context of poverty and conflict and is a public speaker on these issues. She currently runs Women for Women International – UK as Executive Director and is the Vice President for Europe & External Relations. Brita is also the Chair of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS).

Session: Stepping Up Individually

Clara Barby, Impact Management Project

Clara is currently serving as Chief Executive of the Impact Management Project: a forum for building global consensus on how to measure and manage impact. As a Partner at Bridges Fund Management, Clara previously led the firm’s impact strategy throughout the investment cycle and across fund types – from defining the strategy and process for selecting investments, to engaging with portfolio companies to create additional value through environmental and social factors, to tracking and reporting results to our investors and other stakeholders. In addition to growing impact through Bridges’ funds, Clara also led Bridges Impact+’s research and development efforts to promote the growth of the wider sustainable and impact investment sector.

Prior to Bridges, Clara focused her career on investing in innovative high-impact businesses – most recently on the management team of an India-based healthcare chain and Acumen portfolio company. Clara previously worked for Acumen’s Capital Markets team in New York where she played a lead role in designing an innovative investment vehicle and later co-led the Acumen energy portfolio in India. Before Acumen, Clara worked in Colombia, promoting socially responsible investment.

Clara holds a BA (Hons) in Greats from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Session: Stepping Up Financially

David Boynton, The Body Shop

David Boynton is Chief Executive of iconic British brand The Body Shop, where he has responsibility for the company’s business strategy, execution and growth in more than 65 markets worldwide. He took the role in December 2017 following the acquisition of The Body Shop by Brazil’s best known beauty brand, and sustainability leader, Natura Cosmeticos.

“Throughout my career, my passion has been to create working environments where everyone has the chance to fulfil their potential – irrespective of whether you went to Harvard or Haverhill Secondary Modern: if you bring creativity, energy and a strong sense of accountability to your work, you will be able to do spectacularly well.”

Session: Stepping Up Individually

Dominic Hofstetter, Climate-KIC

Dominic acts as the Director of Capital and Investments at EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest climate innovation initiative. He is responsible for building the organisation’s nascent investment business around Transformation Capital, a new investment logic at the intersection of systems thinking and finance practice.

Before joining EIT Climate-KIC in 2015, Dominic had worked as a renewable energy entrepreneur at Electrochaea, as a private equity investor at Hudson Clean Energy Partners, and as a finance professional at Credit Suisse. 

Session: Stepping Up Financially

Dominique Palmer, UK Student Climate Network

Dominique is a dedicated climate activist and an organiser within the UK Student Climate Network; a student led environmental organisation. She organises climate strikes, mobilises students from across the UK, and works in political outreach. She advocates for sustainability and frequently speaks about the climate crisis and social justice.
While being an active and a prominent voice in the climate movement, Dominique is a student at the University of Birmingham studying BA Political Science and International Relations.
“The youth bring a humanising perspective to the climate movement, and are here to drive our leaders to action. We are the young leaders of today fighting for the future of tomorrow.”

Session: The Exponential Decade

James Arbib, RethinkX

Jamie has a History degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and a Masters in Sustainability Leadership, also from Cambridge. Jamie oversees a family office based in London, taking a long-term investment perspective and he also specializes in technology venture capital. 

He is the founder of Tellus Mater, a grant-making foundation that works on issues related to sustainability. He is the co-Founder of RethinkX, a not-for-profit think tank that provides research on technology disruptions and their impact on society.

Session: The Exponential Decade

John Elkington, Volans

John is a writer, thought-leader and business strategist, a serial entrepreneur and, at heart, an environmentalist. He is the founder and Chief Pollinator at Volans, a certified B Corporation driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges.

John is widely regarded as a pioneer of the global sustainability movement, having co-founded Environmental Data Services in 1978 and SustainAbility in 1987, before setting up Volans in 2008.

John has worked with an A-Z of companies and investors over his career. He sits on a wide range of boards and advisory boards. His 20th book – Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism – is due out in the spring of 2020.

Session: Stepping Up Systemically

John Fullerton, Capital Institute

John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, impact investor, writer, and some have said philosopher. He is the founder of the Capital Institute, and author of “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape the New Economy” (2015), and, “Finance for A Regenerative World” (2019), both seminal contributions to regenerative economics and finance.

Previously, John managed numerous capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe for JPMorgan before walking away in 2001. An early impact investor, John is the Chairman of New Day Enterprises, PBC, a co-founder of Grasslands, LLC, a board member of the Savory Institute, and a member of the Club of Rome.


Josh Hardie, Confederation of British Industry

Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning  work.

From Brexit and global trade, to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone’s business, all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business tackle inequality and raise living standards. This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can drive prosperity forward across the UK, working with Government to ensure their policy supports this and communicating with stakeholders to help demonstrate the impact business can have.

Session: Stepping Up Politically

Julie Hirigoyen, UK Green Business Council

Julie joined UKGBC as CEO in 2015, and has since been credited with transforming its strategy into a more member-focused, holistic sustainability agenda with a strong focus on impact measurement. At the helm of a fantastic team, Julie and UKGBC have some important achievements to celebrate – including galvanizing industry support for a net zero carbon legislative target in 2019, and influencing government policy at both national and local levels on a range of impact areas including net zero carbon, biodiversity net gain, climate resilience, and waste and resources strategy amongst others.

Julie is a Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission. She also Chairs the Igloo Footprint Advisory Board, and sits on both the Green Construction Board and Grimshaw’s Stewardship Group. In December 2019, she was named one of three best persons of the decade by Property Week.

Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL, having come into JLL as a result of an acquisition.  At JLL, Julie oversaw further development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA.

Session: Stepping Up Politically

Louise Kjellerup Roper, Volans

Louise leads the team and is responsible for Volans mission, programmes and strategy, and ensuring Volans has the biggest possible positive impact, through what we do and who we work with.

Louise started her career with ‘bleeding-edge’ software companies such as Cisco and Check Point Software Technologies, before focusing on the role of business for good, launching Cradle to Cradle and B Lab pioneering companies like method and gDiapers into Europe and bringing circular economy business models and scale to ambitious small businesses.

Louise is a guest lecturer at both Cranfield University and the University of Exeter and part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 network. She also mentors young change-makers via the Aspire Foundation and the Aspire Trailblazing Women network.

Session: The Exponential Decade

Mandar Jayawant, The Good Growth Company

Mandar is co-founder of the Good Growth Company. At the moment they are trying to build and operate agriculture value chains with the explicit purpose of protecting the environment and revitalising communities.

Mandar has in the past managed a private equity fund, been a development banker, and a researcher of farmer technology adoption decisions. He, like Nick, is convinced that without a reboot big business will destroy the planet.

Session: Stepping Up Collaboratively

Nick Keppel-Palmer, The Good Growth Company

Nick is the co-founder of the Good Growth Company, integrating funding, value chain design and brand to create portfolios of businesses that ‘do good by design’. They are currently working with Georgian artisan winemakers, Mongolian and Tibetan yak and camel wool herders, and now Cambodian rice growers. 

Nick’s been in ‘growth’ in one form or another forever – with VW Group, consulting for Wolff Olins advising big corporates, and as an independent advisor. He’s kind of convinced that big business and true sustainability are incompatible.

Session: Stepping Up Collaboratively

Richard Roberts, Volans

Richard leads much of Volans’ analysis and ideation. His role involves leading on the Tomorrow’s Capitalism Inquiry, and contributing to Volans’ thought leadership – developing new ideas, researching, interviewing, authoring white papers and reports – as well as advising business leaders on how to set up for future success.

He writes on a broad range of topics to do with the future of business, climate change and capitalism. He has been published by (among others) Fast CompanyHarvard Business ReviewThe European Business Review and Guardian Sustainable Business.

Session: Stepping Up Politically

Robert Eccles, Visiting Professor at Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Robert G. Eccles is a leading authority on the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in resource allocation decisions by companies and investors. He is also the world’s foremost academic expert on integrated reporting.

Currently Eccles is a Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Said Business School, University of Oxford where he is engaged in a number of research projects. Eccles has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management and was a Berkeley Social Impact Fellow at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. He was a Professor at Harvard Business School and received tenure in 1989.

Session: Stepping Up Financially

Salla Ahonen, NESTE

Ms Salla Ahonen is currently Vice-President for Sustainability at NESTE. Before joining Neste in February 2019, she worked as a Senior Advisor at the Brussels office of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (2015-2019), and as Director of Governmental Affairs at Microsoft (2014-2015).
Prior to that Salla has held several positions at Nokia, the latest one being Director for Sustainability & Environmental Policy. The areas of responsibility of her previous career have been focused on sustainability and environmental related policies, and also featured themes such as digitalization, research and innovation, circular economy, trade policy and smart cities as well as intelligent transport.

Session: Stepping Up Collaboratively

Shivonne Graham, Women for Women International

Shivonne is the Managing Director at Women for Women International – UK and previously served as Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications for 5 years. She has worked in leadership roles in a range of charities and not-for-profit organisations for over 20 years, leading teams to success at some of the biggest names in the UK sector including Shelter, Comic Relief and Global Radio Charities.

Shivonne has served as a member of the Fundraising and Communications Committee at Womankind Worldwide and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees at UK charity Khulisa – an organisation that delivers behaviour change programmes in prisons, schools and in the community to reduce reoffending. She is an alumni of Civil Society magazine Fundraising’s 50 Most Influential list (No:17, No: 9). Shivonne loves her dogs, her nieces, running and power-lifting.

Session: Stepping Up Individually

Steve Waygood, Aviva Investors

Steve leads Aviva Investors’ Global Responsible Investment team, which is responsible for integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across all asset classes and regions of c£350bn of assets under management. 

Steve was appointed to the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, and the UK Green Finance Taskforce, and is also a member of the Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD). He was highlighted by the Financial Times in 2018 as being one of the warriors of climate change among Money Managers.

Session: Stepping Up Financially

Sucheta Govil, Covestro

Sucheta Govil has been a member of Covestro’s Management Board since August 2019. As Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), she is in charge of the three divisions Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties. Govil is also responsible for the Central Marketing, for Innovation Management & Commercial Services as well as for the Supply Chain Centers in the three major regions EMLA, NAFTA and APAC.

Being British citizen of Indian origin born in 1963 , Govil studied at the University of Delhi and at the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, where she graduated with a post-graduate degree in Business Management. During her professional career, she held various management positions in marketing and innovation worldwide, among others at GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo, AkzoNobel and DSM. She also currently serves as a Non-Executive Director at Eurocell plc in London, a leading supplier of building products.

Terry A’Hearn, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

Terry is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. He is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a member of the Global Footprint Network Advisory Panel.

Terry believes that regulation needs to shift from ensuring compliance with minimum environmental laws, to being a powerful driver of the massive reinvention that our economies and societies need. In Scotland, Terry’s aim is to create the first EPA in the world that makes this shift.

Session: Stepping Up Politically

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